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You’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more decadent bistro dish than the rich, buttery foie gras and truffle burger served at this rustic upstart cousin of starry Club Gascon – thankfully it’s more of a slider than a full-size whopper, leaving room to enjoy even more of Comptoir’s take on the food of south-west France. Their textbook cassoulet is a rib-sticking bowl of pure comfort, though you’ll also find non-meat dishes along the lines of steamed mussels or a risotto of wild asparagus and red Camargue rice. Sharing platters are “huge fun” if you’re with friends, chunks of halloumi are thick and “squeaky”, and the duck-fat French fries sprinkled with trademark ‘crazy salt’ draw devotees from across London. Fairly priced regional French wines are another reason to visit this charming laid-back bolthole.

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  1. Comptoir Gascon recently was featured as having an excellent burger that’s a bit off the beaten (publicity) track. As a rustic French restaurant, CG is indeed excellent with a superb cassoulet and delicious garlicky snails – just what you want when you fancy a culinary trip across the Channel without actually getting on the Eurostar. However, as a burger joint I think CG has a long way to go to unseat the current ruling grillmasters. It’s a different burger, to be far, with CG’s being made from duck as opposed to the traditional beef, but still falls short on common elements. And it’s not cheap either...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 17 August 2014

    Frenchy love food :: LE COMPTOIR GASCON

    When I moved two years ago around Smithfield market I didn't know I chose the best area for a Southwestern French girl to live. The surrounding area of Smithfield market is like being in my hometown Toulouse with Club gascon, Cellar Gascon and Comptoir Gascon around.
    Lucky me I have my three local pubs to remind me I am living in UK.

    Sometimes a nice restaurant is the simplest one. Compare to its sister restaurant Club Gascon, Comptoir Gascon offers simpler and traditional dishes from the Southwest of France...
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  1. I'd heard a lot about Comptoir Gascon, particularly their duck specialties, so I knew I'd have a tough choice on my hands. Every great French meal features bread and wine, non?..
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  1. Published : Monday, 23 February 2015

    wendyeats :: Comptoir Gascon, ££ | wendyeats

    Background: Little brother of michelin star Club Gascon.

    Cuisine: French

    Location: 63 Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6HJ (closest station Farringdon)

    Price per person: £18.60 (2 mains and 1 side between 2 people, no drinks, service included...
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  1. There is nothing like rich, moist, fatty duck with which to celebrate, even a minor occasion such as Valentine’s Day. And duck happens to be a speciality for Comptoir Gascon so of course we availed ourselves of it, twice over for me!

    Comptoir Gascon is a French bistro in Clerkenwell, the more casual, much cheaper sibling to Club Gascon over the road. Stephen and I wanted to do our usual of going out for a nice meal pre-Valentine’s but we didn’t want to go overboard on the spending this year. Comptoir Gascon perfectly fit the bill, and we had a really delicious, hearty meal...
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Pascal Aussignac

Schooled in classical French cuisine chez Alain Dutournier and Guy Savoy, Pascal Aussignac has made his name in London with the food of his native Gascony. His highly original flagship Club Gascon opened in 1998, and its casual siblings Comptoir Gascon and Cellar Gascon have a loyal following too. In 2010, Aussignac launched Provençal restaurant Cigalon and adjoining Baranis. The chef’s artistic talents also extend to floristry: he does all the flowers at his restaurants.

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